A Ruler Stela in San Pedro La Laguna? Preclassic Stone Monuments of the Lake Atitlan Basin, Guatemala
Author(s): Gavin Davies
This is an abstract from the "Art, Archaeology, and Science: Investigations in the Guatemala Highlands" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Ruler stelae are a well known class of monument in the Southern Maya region but have so far been recovered only from only the largest sites, such as Kaminaljuyu, Takalik Abaj, and Chocola, all of which are considered to have been regional capitals. The recovery of a basal fragment of one of these monuments near the small tourist town of San Pedro La Laguna is therefore surprising. However, the presence of three other monuments of probable Late Preclassic date in the vicinity and others just around the corner in Finca Chacayal, suggests that this monument does belong here. In the current paper, I explore the contexts and meaning of these monuments and their significance for our understanding of the Late Preclassic period in the southwestern highlands.
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A Ruler Stela in San Pedro La Laguna? Preclassic Stone Monuments of the Lake Atitlan Basin, Guatemala. Gavin Davies. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451209)
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